AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Counsellor

Lesotho-Maseru
Req No
2017-6633
Category
Healthcare
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

AMAZING INDIVIDUALS WORKING FOR POSITIVE PEOPLE at AIDS Healthcare Foundation!

 

Does the idea of doing something that really makes a difference in people’s lives while being well-compensated intrigue you? Are you looking to work for an organization that encourages growth and success from each and every one of its employees?

 

If so, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the place for you!

 

Founded in 1987, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the largest specialized provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the nation. Our mission is to provide cutting edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay. Through our healthcare centers, pharmacies, health plan, research and other activities, AHF provides access to the latest HIV treatments for all who need them.

  

AHF’s core values are to be:

 

  • Patient-Centered
  • Value Employees
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Nimble
  • Fight for What’s Right

 

 

STILL INTERESTED? Please continue!

 

Responsibilities

JOB SUMMARY

To provide quality care and psychosocial support to HIV clients. To provide quality provider initiated HIV testing and counseling.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Counseling and Testing duties:

  • Provides quality provider initiated HIV testing and counseling (PITC), to all patients attending the clinic.
  • Performs the rapid HIV testing on all clients that have consented to testing.
  • Records and documents client and counseling/testing information.
  • Encourages and supports patients that test positive, helping them to cope with the new diagnosis.
  • Participates in HIV testing program initiatives and campaigns.
  • Facilitates linkage between HIV diagnosis, care, support and treatment.
  • Facilitates group test counseling/ education in rapid testing campaigns to ensure maximum client coverage.
  • Facilitate education to people with promotion of consistent condom use.

 

Ongoing adherence counseling duties include:

  • Collaborate with other health care professionals (doctor, nurse, social worker, community health care worker, home-based caregiver, and psychologist) in maintaining care and treatment protocol.
  • Provide direct and comprehensive primary, preventive and psychosocial care to patients.
  • Teach and counsel patients & family on disease prevention and staying healthy.
  • Assist patients with adherence counseling and document the session in counseling form.
  • Provide ongoing psychosocial counseling to clients attending the clinic.
  • Assist with the reading and interpretation of the CD4 count results to clients.
  • Maintain filing system for all client records including psychosocial forms, laboratory results and medical records.

Treatment literacy duties are

  • Provide training to patients ready for ARV treatment and provide them with the clinical and laboratory goals of ARVs.
  • Identify clients who are defaulting and furnish team with relevant information for intervention.
  • Preparation for weekly sessions with supervisor by noting challenges encountered and planning for the next weeks activities.

 

General duties are:

  • Prepare monthly report on services rendered for submission to supervisor.
  • Participate in team de-briefing sessions.
  • Enter client visit details into the psychosocial relevant register.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Support supervise the LMPS HTC Counselors conducting HTC outreaches

Qualifications

Education and/or Experience                                                    

Certificate for HIV/AIDS Treatment Training e.g. 10 days HIV training; or a Certificate for HIV/AIDS Counseling Skills Training. A Diploma in child and youth development or in Counseling would be an advantage. Previous HIV counseling and testing experience highly desirable.     

Language Skills     

Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of clients or employees of an organization. Fluency verbal and written in English and Sesotho a must.

Mathematical Skills               

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 

Reasoning Ability              

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Other Skills and Abilities            

  • Sensitivity to patient population and issues surrounding HIV/AIDS
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to facilitate training and communicate well
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage work on an independent basis
  • Knowledge in applying quality assurance principles, legal aspects and standards governing psychosocial practitioner
  • Flexibility and creativity to come up with new strategies to improve the lives of patients
  • Commitment and willingness to quality care and training.

 

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